Caiazzo Stuns Green Machine To Capture SFDS Open
The 24th Summer Classic is drawing closer to its finish. Last Thursday night, Treiber-Roberts became the latest to claim a championship, taking the Boys High School crown with a 45-38 victory over Ridgewood Savings Bank.
Treiber gained control early in the game. Ridgewood then went on a run during the middle periods to grab an 11-point lead. But the lid came off the basket for Treiber and Conor Monaghan led a surge that regained the lead for Treiber-Roberts, who then held on for the victory. Monaghan finished with 21 points along with Vincent Esposito and Billy Hunter adding 8 points each. Ryan Hurley sparked Ridgewood with 11 points.
Coach John Pensabene's championship squad also included Robert Carter, James Goldberg, Stephen Kelly, Aaron Real, Mike Scanell, Brendan Stackpole, Michael Trotta, and Eddie Watt. The Men's Open Championship followed, and it was a much anticipated affair with new blood for the first time in many years. Both teams delivered with a high level of play. Ryan McCormick orchestrated the attack for the Greene Machine while Shane Gauvard played maestro for Caiazzo Plumbing. Caiazzo gained possession with the score tied at 50 and called timeout to set up a final shot.
The Greene Machine anticipated a play would be run for Gauvard or sharpshooter Kenny Kelly, and played their defense accordingly. Caiazzo's Sal DeMarco recognized this, saw a lane to the basket and was fouled. He made the first free-throw to give Caiazzo the lead, and though he missed the second, all Greene could muster was a desperation shot by McCormick as Caiazzo prevailed 51-50. Gauvard and Kelly led Caiazzo with 12 points each and DeMarco added 9. McCormick led The Greene Machine with 20 points. The champions' roster also included Joe Caiazzo, Cody Gauvard, Richie George, Chris McGuinness, Robert Timmins and Rich Weismiller.
The Women's Open B division will pull the curtain on the season with its championship on Thursday August 14. In the semi-finals, it was a sweep for Harbor Light with Gold beating Jameson's Red in the opener and White knocking off Jameson's Blue in the nitecap. Coverage of the championship and a recap of the Summer Classic season will appear in next week's edition of The Wave.